May 3, 2016

I Commit to Family

Ephesians 6:1-4

Today’s families need simplicity. Paul’s instructions to parents and children are simple. To children, Paul says obey and honor your parents. Matthew Henry’s Commentary clarifies that children should obey their parents, especially in the things that relate to the Lord. Of all the training parents give their children, spiritual training is the most important. Then Paul quotes the commandment telling children to “honor their father and mother.” Children are to honor their parents both in the way in which they treat them and with the pride in which they wear their family name.

Paul tells parents not to “exasperate their children” but instead to “bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” All children need discipline (not necessarily synonymous with punishment). However, discipline should be given in the context of respect for children, and in ways that don’t cause frustration but drive kids toward, not away from, a relationship with God and others. Finally, Paul commands parents to “bring children up in the Lord’s training and instruction.” It is the role of every parent to be their child’s primary discipler.

As we commit to family, please pray for the parents of our preschoolers, children, and teenagers to understand and take up their role as their child’s spiritual leader.